Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Working at Google -

Life at Google
Google is not a conventional company, and we don't intend to become one. True, we share attributes with the world's most successful organizations – a focus on innovation and smart business practices comes to mind – but even as we continue to grow, we're committed to retaining a small-company feel. At Google, we know that every employee has something important to say, and that every employee is integral to our success. And where else can a newbie unabashedly and unflinchingly skate over a corporate officer during a roller hockey game?

Google has offices around the globe, from Bangalore to Zurich, but regardless of where we are, we nurture an invigorating, positive environment by hiring talented, local people who share our commitment to creating search perfection and want to have a great time doing it. Googlers thrive in small, focused teams and high-energy environments, believe in the ability of technology to change the world, and are as passionate about their lives as they are about their work.

Give the proper tools to a group of people that want to make a difference, and they will.

Google's founders often state that the company is not serious about anything but search. They built a company around the idea that work should be challenging and the challenge should be fun. To that end, Google's culture is unlike any in corporate America, and it's not because of the whimsical lava lamps and large rubber balls, or the fact that one of the company's chefs used to cook for the Grateful Dead. In the same way Google puts users first when it comes to online services, Google puts employees first when it comes to daily life in its offices.

"The goal is to strip away everything that gets in our employees way. We provide a standard package of fringe benefits, but on top of that are first-class dining facilities, gyms, laundry rooms, massage rooms, haircuts, carwashes, dry cleaning, commuting buses - just about anything a hardworking employee engineer might want. Let's face it: programmers want to program, they don't want to do their laundry. So we make it easy for them to do both." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google

Benefits Philosophy: We strive to be innovative and unique in all services we provide both to customers and employees, including our benefits and perks offerings. We realize and celebrate that our employees have diverse needs, and that this diversity requires flexible and individually directed support. Our priority is to offer a customizable program that can be tailored to the specific needs of each individual, whether they enjoy ice climbing in Alaska, want to retire by age 40, or plan to adopt 3 children.

• Health and wellness
• Retirement and savings
• Time away
• Benefits...beyond the basics
• Benefits...way beyond the basics
• Videos

Health and wellness*
• Medical Insurance: 3 Carriers
Carriers for California:
• Blue Shield: PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) or HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)
• CIGNA: PPO or EPP (Exclusive Provider Medical Benefits)
• Kaiser

Carriers for Other States:
• Blue Shield: PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) or OOA (Out of Area)
• CIGNA: PPO or EPP (Exclusive Provider Medical Benefits)

• Dental Insurance
Comprehensive coverage through Delta Dental.
• Vision Insurance
Exams, contacts, lenses and frames all generously covered.
• Flex Spending Account Plan
Includes Health Spending Account, Dependent Care Account and Qualified Transportation Benefit.
• EAP - Employee Assistance Program
Services for employees and their dependents include free short-term counseling, legal consultations, financial counseling, child care referrals and pet care referrals.
• Life and AD&D Insurance
Automatic coverage at 2 times annual salary.
• Voluntary Life Insurance
Option to purchase additional life insurance.
• Short Term & Long Term Disability
Short Term Disability Insurance coverage provided at 75% of salary.Long Term Disability coverage provided at 66 2/3% of salary once Short Term disability is exhausted.
• Business Travel Accident Insurance
Automatic coverage at 2 times annual salary.

Retirement and savings*
• Google 401(k) Plan
Employees may contribute up to 60% and receive a Google match of up to the greater of (a) 100% of your contribution up to $2,500 or (b) 50% of your contribution per year with no vesting schedule! We offer a variety of investment options to choose from, through Vanguard, our 401(k) Plan Administrator. To help you with those tough investment decisions, employees can access Financial Engines to receive personalized investment advice.
• 529 College Savings Plan
This plan provides employees with a way to save money for post-secondary education.

Time away*
• Vacation
1st year
15 days 4th year
20 days 6th year
25 days

• Holidays
12 paid holidays(Sick days taken as necessary)
• Maternity Benefits
12 weeks off at 75% pay.
• Parental Leave (for non-primary caregivers)
6 weeks off at 75% pay for California employees; 2 weeks off at 100% pay for other U.S. states.
• Take-Out Benefit
To help make things easier, new moms and dads are able to expense up to $500 for take-out meals during the first four weeks that they are home with their new baby.

Benefits . . .beyond the basics*
• Tuition Reimbursement
We’ll help you pursue further education that’s relevant to what you do. You must receive grades of “B” or better. Why a “B” or better? Because we said so. Tuition reimbursement is$8000 per calendar year.
• Employee Referral Program
Good people know other good people. Our best employees have been hired through referrals .Google encourages you to recommend candidates for opportunities here and will award you a$2000 bonus if your referral accepts our offer and remains employed for at least 60 days.
• Back-Up Child Care
As a California employee, when your regularly scheduled child care falls through Google will provide you with 5 free days of child care per year through Children’s Creative Learning Center (CCLC). 13 Bay Area locations serving ages 6 weeks - 12 years.
• Google Child Care Center
Located just five minutes from the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, the Google Child Care Center (Kinderplex) provides full and part time child care for children ages 12 weeks through 6 years. The center offers a high-quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum with low teacher/child ratios. The center is set up to meet and in some cases exceed the accreditation standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – a highly regarded child development organization.
• Gift Matching Program
Google matches contributions of up to $3000 per year from eligible employees to non-profit organizations. Bolstering employee contributions to worthy causes with matching gifts doesn't’just mean helping hundreds of organizations, both locally and globally; it’s also a tangible expression. We want Googlers to get involved – and the company is right behind you.
• Adoption Assistance
Google assists our employees by offering financial assistance in the adoption of a child. We'll reimburse you up to $5000 to use towards legal expenses, adoption agencies or other adoption professional fees. Parental leave and take-out benefit also apply. See Time Away.

Benefits . . . way beyond the basics*
• Food
Hungry? Check out our free lunch and dinner – our gourmet chefs create a wide variety of healthy and delicious meals every day. Got the munchies? Google also offers snacks to help satisfy you in between meals.
• On-site Doctor
At Google headquarters in Mountain View, California you have the convenience of seeing a doctor on-site.
• Shuttle Service
Google is pleased to provide its Mountain View employees with free shuttles to several San Francisco, East Bay and South Bay locations.
• Financial Planning Classes
Google provides objective and conflict-free financial education classes. The courses are comprehensive and cover a variety of financial topics.
• Other On-Site Services
At Google headquarters in Mountain View, there’s on-site oil change, car wash, dry cleaning, massage therapy, gym, hair stylist, fitness classes and bike repair.
• Other Great Benefits
Ski trip, company movie day, summer picnic, Halloween & holiday party, health fair, quarterly group offsites, credit union, sauna, roller hockey, outdoor volleyball court, discounts for products and local attractions



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